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Match Preview: Stockport County

1 November 2022

After a disappointing result last time out at Prenton Park against Carlisle United, Micky Mellon’s men will look to build another positive run of results, starting against Stockport County on Tuesday night.

It’s the third of three consecutive home games with Rovers’ last loss ending a run of seven games in Sky Bet League Two without defeat, and with the fourth-tier race for the play-off places being as tight as ever, Rovers sit three points behind 7th placed Carlisle.

As for the visitors, Stockport have had a similar start to the season with just three points separating the two sides ahead of Tuesday night. With four straight wins in a row in all competitions, the Hatters come into the clash full of confidence and hopeful of making it five on the bounce.

Team News:

No fresh injury concerns for Rovers ahead of this one.

One to Watch: Paddy Madden

Very much a success wherever he has played, Paddy Madden has been a threat for Stockport County and at the age of 32, still knows exactly where the net is.

He started out at Irish club Bohemians before moving across to England with Carlisle united. 

Once he joined Yeovil Town, the goals began to flow as he joined on loan originally in a spell which saw him score nine goals in 16 appearances before the move was made permanent and he would conclude the season with 23 goals, a League One golden boot award and his side gaining promotion to the Championship.

Successful spells with Scunthorpe United and Fleetwood Town followed, leaving him in Scunthorpe’s top ten all-time top scorers list whilst becoming the highest goal scorer in Fleetwood’s EFL history with 43 goals across his two full seasons. 

Signing for Stockport in 2021, he scored seven goals in 15 appearances in his first season before his first full campaign saw him become a Stockport hero as he made 34 goal contributions and boost Stockport back into the Football League after an 11-year absence.

This season, Madden has managed six goals and two assists so far this campaign whilst also becoming the first player since Anthony Elding in 2007 to score in four straight EFL games for Stockport.

Manager: Dave Challinor

A name that will be familiar to many of the SWA, Dave Challinor made over 100 appearances for Rovers as a player after being born in Chester.

His spell at Prenton Park lasted eight years before he moved on for two years at Stockport where he has now managed since 2021. His playing days concluded with over 150 appearances at Bury before he joined Colwyn Bay and eventually became the man in charge.

Challinor then took charge of Lancashire side AFC Fylde where he spent another eight years as a manager before a two-year spell at Hartlepool. After joining Stockport in 2021, Challinor lead County to the National League title as well as a place in the Cheshire Senior Cup final.

With County currently sitting in 14th in the fourth tier, like most teams in this division, if they can put a run together then there’s no reason to rule them out of reaching the top seven come the end of the campaign and with Challinor’s record, there won’t be many ruling Stockport out of a successful year.

Match Coverage:

Tuesday's game will be streamed live on iFollow in both the UK and abroad! Click here to get your match pass now for just £10

You can also follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

Twitter: @tranmererovers 

Facebook: @trfcofficial 

Instagram: @tranmererovers 

Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.

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Match Reports

Tranmere Rovers 0-0 Stockport County

1 November 2022

The SWA were made to work hard to earn a share of the spoils on Tuesday evening, as they played out a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Stockport County at Prenton Park.

It was a slow start to proceedings at Prenton Park, with neither side getting a foothold in the game's early exchanges. The first chance of the match went the way of Stockport, with ex-Rovers man Callum Macdonald volleying over the bar, as the visitors started to gain momentum.

At the other end, Rovers' first chance of the game fell to Kane Hemmings, with the skipper's long-range strike calling Stockport's Ben Hinchliffe into an easy save. By this point, Micky Mellon's side were starting to match the intensity levels being shown by the visitors.

It was now end-to-end stuff at Prenton Park and the next chance to break the deadlock went the way of Stockport, with Will Collar heading straight into the gloves of Ross Doohan, after a dangerous cross from the lively Callum Macdonald.

The rest of the half would be played out without any chances of real note, all-in-all it was a cagey opening 45 minutes, with neither side taking control.

The game continued in its balanced nature after the restart, with Ethan Bristow having the first opening of the second half, the young defender driving a low shot that was deflected into the gloves of Ben Hinchcliffe.

The SWA continued to search for the breakthrough and it was another full-back in the thick of things for Rovers, this time it was Josh Dacres-Cogley who blazed over the bar from the edge of the area.

Rovers continued to create opportunities and had a glorious opportunity to take the lead through Paul Lewis, with the substitute guiding his effort just wide of the post. A real let-off for Stockport.

The game was starting to open up by this point and Stockport had a chance of their own just moments later to take the lead, when Ollie Crankshaw called Ross Doohan into an excellent save, with the SWA's keeper making himself big to deny the Stockport winger.

The opportunities kept coming in the game's latter stages and Kieron Morris was the next to try his luck, with the winger heading wide of the goal after a pinpoint delivery from Kane Hemmings.

In stoppage time Stockport piled the pressure on Rovers, who defended bravely to prevent the visitors from getting a shot on goal, in what was a frenetic end to proceedings.

A big improvement from the weekend for Rovers, who fought hard to earn a share of the spoils in what was a tight affair at Prenton Park, where neither side showed their attacking qualities.

Next up for Rovers is a trip to Carlisle at the weekend as the SWA begin their FA Cup campaign against the side who beat them in the league just a week ago.

Tranmere team: Doohan, Dacres-Cogley, Turnbull, Simeu, Jameson, Bristow, Merrie, O'Connor, Morris, Nevitt (Lewis 76'), Hemmings

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